Here's my, purely personal, selection of handy
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- The UK Classic Rock
Society supports good musicians, and CRS members
receive the bi-monthly "Rock Society" magazine.
While I had a pad in Nottingham it was great to be
able to get to some of the excellent gigs they put on in
I now run the unofficial CRS discussion group, a Yahoo! Groups forum
which hosts CRS-related discussions for those who prefer forums that allow email participation.
I sponsored the CRS
Guitarist of the Year award in 2002, which I was
delighted to see won by Bryan Josh of Mostly Autumn, and again in 2003 (Steve Hackett) and
2004 (Bob Lawson of Strangefish).
Fringe organise gigs and other cool
entertainment in and around Malvern.
|Cathryn Craig at Solihull Boggery|
|Dave Cousins (Strawbs) at Derby Flowerpot|
West Malvern Social Club is a great venue for smaller bands' live gigs and
also hosts superb Open Mic sessions every Thursday evening and music sessions on Sunday nights.
- The Bilston Robin 2
is a superb venue. Recently refurbished and having a marvellous sound system,
it is a bastion of live music in the Black Country.
I took photos of the Strawbs there on
Flowerpot is an excellent venue that hosts a
great range of gigs by progressive, tribute and other
bands. It also has a superb bar with a wide selection of
real ales. I photographed the Acoustic Strawbs there on
8/2/2002 and Karnataka on 20/3/03.
Dingwalls is a superb London venue for
upcoming and cult bands. I always have a good time there
and have photographed Drugstore there on 1/8/2000
Tuts Wah Wah Hut is Glasgow's
premier venue for small and indie bands. I enjoyed many
an excellent night there while I was living in Scotland.
Marrs Bar is a lively Worcester
venue that hosts local and alternative bands.
Hall is another great venue in Worcester
- a converted church that has retained almost all of its
original decor. I have twice seen the Strawbs there.
- Camden Underworld is a great London venue -
right opposite Camden Town tube - which hosts all kinds of rock and other bands.
Cavern Club in Exeter is
another good venue for smaller bands. A lovely part of
the country, I had a girlfriend in nearby Honiton once.
all Areas is a database intended for
performers giving information about the stage and
backstage facilities available at each one.
|Isabel and Daron (Drugstore) at Highbury Garage|
is a new online CD retailer that focusses on artists
beyond short term music industry fashions, across
a variety of genres from pop to rock to folk to metal to
prog, and all points in between.
is a good site for records that aren't easy to find in
Records is an independent record shop in
Preston that stocks a wide range of hard-to-find CDs.
- Record-X is a secondhand e-tailer
based in Wakefield with a diverse catalogue, well worth checking for hard-to-find or deleted CDs.
- www.spincds.com is a good vendor
from Newcastle-upon-Tyne with a decent range of stock.
Vinylnet is a great UK collectable vinyl and CD store.
- BlahDVD offer music DVDs and CDs at discounted and competitive prices.
- eil.com is an
international specialist music e-tailer based in Meopham, Kent.
- World Wide Rarities (VinylTap Ltd)
is a specialist site based in Huddersfield.
- Reddingtons Rare Records is
a long-established specialist secondhand music store based in Birmingham. Their speciality has always been 7" vinyl but they do
stock some CDs too.
also offer an extensive range - I have found them handy
for getting CDs from foreign artists not well known here
Records in Camden are a good source for
Gothic and other types of metal.
are a UK mail-order company more geared towards indie/alternative
Records is a great shop in Manchester.
Musicians Marketplace, run by Second Fret
Records, allows you to listen to tracks from independent
bands' CDs and then buy what you want.
|Heather Findlay (Mostly Autumn) at the CRS|
Sites that promote music and musicians
Publications and media
- Jim Hawkins now
has a radio show devoted to classic rock on BBC
Radio Shropshire (96FM, 90FM,
95FM, 104.1FM & DAB) - this is also relayed on
BBC Stoke and Hereford & Worcester. Tune in on Sunday
nights from 1800 to 2000 when you'll actually be able to
hear some decent music!
New Music is a great Canadian TV show. It
used to be broadcast on British ITV during the small
hours, until the b***ards axed it! :(
is an excellent eZine from the stable that produces cool
US progressive music Progression
is Holland's main radio-show for progressive and classic
rock, also on the Internet.
Dragon is a French prog magazine (though
it's published in English).
is a progressive rock e-zine that rose from the ashes of the former Silhobbit magazine.
is one of the leading UK weekly papers.
|John Ford (Strawbs) at Exeter Phoenix|
run by Malcolm Parker, have produced many British progressive
releases over a number of years, as well as launching several great bands such as
Records have released a lot of great music from Welsh
bands such as Melys.
records is a contemporary American progressive
label whose roster previously included Norfolk pagans Earthstone.
records are a French prog label with a
Records is a well-run, expanding label
initially established for Strawbs but now
looking to widen its horizons.
Sites offering services to bands and musicians
Disc Wizards -
in London, specialises in CD and DVD replication, Blu-Ray duplication and mastering at competitive prices.
Music Media Entertainment Group's
mission is to bring new talent to the public by
providing an Internet-based community that nurtures and supports creative talent.
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